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Sheffield Hallam University

Operating Department Practice

UCAS Code: B990

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


Access to HE Diploma for a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science- based course. Normally we require 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 credits should be graded at distinction level.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language or literature and Mathematics or equivalent* and Science or equivalent* *GCSE equivalent Maths • GCSE grade D Mathematics • Functional Skills L2 • Key Skills L2 • L2 Numeracy • Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course GCSE equivalent English • equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk *GCSE science equivalents • OCR science level 2 • science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification • science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3) • science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

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This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels or general studies. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.

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Full-time | 2019


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Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are a vital part of the clinical team and provide professional expertise during the patients stay in hospital. ODPs are primarily employed within operating theatres in all aspects of care, however they are increasingly being recognised for their diverse skills in other environments and there are many career paths to explore such as clinical practice in specialist units, people management and education.**What you study**You develop the skills and experience to become an ODP and pursue a career providing highly specialised assistance to surgeons, anaesthetists and other medical practitioners. The key skills you gain include ensuring that instruments, drugs and equipment for an operation are ready for use ensuring that the environment is safe and free from hazards monitoring the patient using anaesthetic, surgical and diagnostic equipment. Key areas of study include anaesthesia and surgical practice skills required of a registered practitioner working within a post-anaesthetic care unit interprofessional education human biology.The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing delivers courses that enable graduates to register as professionals across a range of health and social care related subject areas.Current government policy drivers require different professional groups to work much more closely together in order to deliver better outcomes for people that use services, whilst making best use of public resources. The size and scope of provision at Sheffield Hallam means that you get to learn with, from and about other professions within health and social care.Our aspiration is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies.**Facilities**Your learning takes place on the Collegiate Campus and City Campus in purpose-built teaching rooms that include a fully equipped operating theatre, ward and clinical areas within the Robert Winston Building. Your learning consists of large and small group teaching, seminars, workshops, self-directed and tutor-directed study.**Placements and work experience**Your university-based study consists of two academic blocks each year. The rest of your time is spent on clinical placement. This is essential to your studies. The clinical experience you gain enables you to match and translate your academic learning to the clinical skills needed to be an ODP. This in turn enhances your career prospects on qualification.Whilst on placement, you work with clinical mentors and other registered clinical practitioners. This means that you are constantly supervised but, as your skills develop, you take more responsibility for the care of the patient, still under close supervision, until you are safe to practice with minimum supervision and ultimately develop clinical autonomy which enhances your employability.**Professional recognition**This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as an operating department practitioner in the UK.This course is endorsed/approved by the College of Operating Department Practitioners.


**Year one modules** • anaesthetic practice 1 • surgical practice 1 • clinical education 1 • fundamentals • applied science • foundations of effective collaborative practice (interprofessional education)

**Year two modules** • anaesthetic practice 2 • surgical practice 2 • clinical education 2 • research and management • applied science 2 • dcecp (interprofessional education)

**Year three modules** • anaesthetic practice 3 • surgical practice 3 • enhanced perioperative practice • leadership and a education • writing for publication • EQSECP (interprofessional education)

Assessment methods

• Written assignments
• Case studies
• Presentations
• Examinations
• Continuous assessment of skills in placement
• Practical clinical tests

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